by: José Berrocoso //
Located on the French Riviera between Nice and the Italian border, Monaco is one of the world´s smallest countries, but also one of its richest. This small principality is in fact a single city with several districts, under the rule of the Grimaldi family since 1297. The head of state since 2005 is Prince Albert II. Today, the Principality is a dream destination for people the world over.
Often known for the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monaco is also a country which has been pioneering renewable energy and clean technologies as exemplified by the Monaco e-Grand Prix, the eco-responsible Grimaldi Forum Congress Centre, the Monte-Carlo e-Rally or the marine conservation ‘Monaco Blue Initiative’.
Favoured stomping grounds of the international elite, yet also a stronghold of efficiency and sustainability, Monaco is a place where anything is possible. The Principality’s latest feat is the stunning 270 million Euro renovation of the Hôtel de Paris, a hotel that Prince Charles III had built to be the most luxurious in the world.
Partial deconstruction, reconstruction, the harmonization of spaces, the design of new areas, a creation of exclusive suites and the evolution of gastronomy; the transformation of Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo was entrusted to architects Richard Martinet and Gabriel Viora, who dedicated themselves to enhancing and preserving the timeless spirit of the building.
INSIDE THE NEWLY REFURBISHED HÔTEL DE PARIS MONTE-CARLO
A magical hotel at the forefront of the luxury hotel sector
Since 1864, the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo has aspired to offer the very best of that time and it continues to symbolise that same excellence in the art of hospitality. The property is perfectly located on the legendary Place du Casino.
The history of the hotel goes way back. Hôtel de Paris and Monte-Carlo were essentially the dream of Charles III, the Prince who ruled from 1856 until his death in 1889. He commissioned Frenchman Francois Blanc who had successfully developed a first ‘resort’ concept in Bad Homburg, Germany. The billionaire took a big gamble and decided to entirely change an area of the city covered in olive and lemon trees into a decadent venue of luxury.
Over the years, the iconic hotel has been modernised on numerous occasions to meet the demands of the international clientèle. In 1909, the hotel was entirely renovated, when the architectural style of the Belle Epoque was adopted in Monte-Carlo. From its renovation to its extraordinary history, its life has been marked by visits of countless VIPs, world-renowned artists and celebrities.
From the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, Alexandre Dumas, Jacques Offenbach and Winston Churchill, to James Bond (where the cast of Golden Eye stayed) and artists and stars of the stage and screen including Sarah Bernhardt, Charlie Chaplin, Maria Callas and Salvador Dali.
With its Belle Epoque architecture and grand steps, the melody in the entrance, the perfumes in the lounges and the stunning spectacle of Place du Casino, people come to see and be seen. Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo offers each guest the chance to experience a story like no other.
THE PRINCE RAINIER III SUITE
An excellent location from which to experience the thrill of F1 Grand Prix
Designed by Richard Martinet, the Suite has been created using the best in French and Italian craftsmanship; straw marquetry, leather headboards, textured paints and decorative elements made in the workshops of artisans. The lights were also specially created for the Suite from original designs. Photos, paintings and some of Prince Rainier’s personal effects add a personal and intimate feel to the Suite. Sculptures by the Sovereign provide the final flourish to the interiors scheme, creating a unique experience in the heart of the Principality.
The 525 m2 Suite Prince Rainier III includes two bedrooms, a large main lounge with a bar area, a smaller lounge and a library, a dining room and office space. It can be extended to 600 m2 with a third connecting room. Each bedroom has a private bathroom with a steam room shower, a blend of brightness, marble and transparency. The Suite also contains a glass-walled sauna opening onto the Mediterranean sky.
The Suite opens onto a superb 135 m2 split-level terrace overlooking Place du Casino. The first level is home to a heated infinity edge swimming pool measuring 10m x 3.70m. The pool is framed on either side by a staircase that leads to the lower level terrace offering unrivalled views over Place du Casino and from where guests can enjoy the permanent show that is the vibrant heart of Monaco… without being seen!
THE PRICESS GRACE SUITE
The most exceptional suite on the Riviera
The Princess Grace Suite is an exceptional 910 m2 Suite on two floors with a refined and contemporary design and spectacular surroundings offering a 180° view of the Mediterranean. With elegant curves and minimalist lines, the Suite emphasises contemporaneity, transparency and the nobility of the materials enhanced by craftsmen: glass, precious wood, straw marquetry, mother-of-peal, agate panels for the interiors which exude well-being and serenity, and natural stone for the elegant and authentic outside spaces.
With nearly 440 m2 of outside space on two floors, the Suite offers an unparalleled setting on the Riviera: a sublime view of the Mediterranean from the terraces for a unique stay between the sky and the sea, a heated infinity pool which opens onto an adjoining outdoor lounge and a hot tub in rare granite, for an intimate and cosy experience.
A UNIQUE CULINARY REPERTOIRE
Indulge yourself into the Mediterranean cuisine
There’s Alain Ducasse’s three Michelin-starred ‘Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris’. A meal here is considered one of the French Riviera’s hottest tickets, attracting food fiends from around the world who come for the haute Mediterranean cuisine.
Executive chef, Dominique Lory, offers a menu of seafood-heavy dishes such as shrimp with rock fish jelly and caviar and loup de mer with cilantro and citron.
Ducasse also has a new restaurant at the hotel. Omer, which opened in early 2019, has views of the Mediterranean Sea and a menu with flavours from Greece, Lebanon, Turkey and Morocco.
One of the most elegant and lively venues in the Principality of Monaco is Le Grill, located on the 8th floor of Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. With breath-taking views of the Mediterranean and the Principality, the restaurant features marine-inspired décor, high-quality cuisine and a roof that can disappear to offer guests the magical experience of dining under the stars. Food enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the famous soufflés. In January 2019, Le Grill, headed by Executive Chef Franck Cerutti, was awarded its first Michelin star.
THERMES MARINS MONTE-CARLO
Treat your skin to a health and well-being short stay package
Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo extends to 7,000 m2 entirely re-imagined and upgraded to meet the needs of local and international clients who are seeking exclusivity. Beauty, slimming and relaxation are all within reach thanks to a team of multidisciplinary experts who assess every need and desire, providing a holistic solution in the way of personalised treatments and protocols.
A haven of calm and luxury, Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is an exceptional place that maximises the benefits of the sea and the Mediterranean climate. From the heated pool, the bird’s-eye view of the ocean is simply sublime. Here, everything is dedicated to wellness: the outdoor jacuzzi facing the port and the Rock solarium, hammam, sauna and panoramic fitness room.
Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is equipped with a wide range of the latest technological equipment for highly effective results on slimming, anti-ageing, health and performance.
Rich in expertise of more than one hundred and fifty years in health and well-being, Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo has developed four exclusive stays which resonate with the needs of today. Built around the main objectives, Wellness, Silhouette, Quality Ageing and Potential Boost, this new quartet accompanies those who are hoping to effectively integrate preventative healthcare into their daily life.< Back